Theoretical and electrochemical studies on organometallic symmetrical Schiff base complexes of Zn(ii), Cu(ii), Ni(ii) and Co(ii)

Mauricio Fuentealba, María Teresa Garland, David Carrillo, Carolina Manzur, Jean René Hamon, Jean Yves Saillard

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Abstract

The electronic communication between two redox centres through a Schiff base complex has been investigated in a series of ethylenediimine-bis(1- ferrocenyl-1,3-butanedionate) complexes of Zn(ii) 1, Cu(ii) 2, Ni(ii) 3 and Co(ii) 4. Cyclic voltammetry experiments of 1 and 2 exhibit a unique two-electron reversible oxidation wave, whereas in the case of 3 and 4 two and three one-electron oxidation processes are, respectively, observed. These results suggest some electronic interaction between the iron atoms of the ferrocenyl groups. DFT calculations carried out on model complexes show that for all the studied compounds the removal of the first two electrons corresponds to the oxidation processes of the iron centres in the weakly coupled ferrocenyl termini. The electronic communication between the two iron centres increases on going from 1 to 4. Finally, a re-indexation of the bands observed in the UV-Visible spectra has been carried out using TDDFT calculations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-86
Number of pages10
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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